YUCCA VALLEY TOWN COUNCIL MEETS: STOP LIGHT BATTERIES AND PUBLIC SAFETY

The Yucca Valley Town Council meets tonight. Batteries for stop lights, a public safety report and a closed session are on the agenda. Managing editor Tami Roleff takes a closer look… Among the items on tonight’s consent agenda for the Yucca Valley Town Council, council members will be asked to

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DESERT DAZE BRINGS SOCIAL MEDIA ANGER, BUT ONLY 14 COMPLAINTS

This weekend’s three-day, “outsider” rock music festival, Desert Daze, has come and gone. And like a classic deal with the devil, festival host Joshua Tree Retreat Center emerges from the ephemera with a new abundance that has come at a cost. In this story, reporter Mike Lipsitz helps clear up

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COUNTY UPDATES THE JURY DUTY INFORMATION WEBSITE

The San Bernardino County Superior Court system has updated its juror website. The new website allows those who are summoned for jury duty to defer jury service up to 90 days; fill out their juror questionnaire online; receive updates regarding reporting status by phone, text, or email; check juror status;

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SUMMARY OF FIRST WEEK OF CHRISTOPHER LEE’S MURDER TRIAL

The trial of the former Twentynine Palms Marine accused of murdering 19-year-old Erin Corwin and dumping her body in a mine shaft east of Twentynine Palms two years ago started Tuesday in a San Bernardino County courtroom. In his opening statement, Deputy District Attorney Sean Daugherty told jurors that a

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COPPER MOUNTAIN COLLEGE TAKES OVER NURSING SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM

Copper Mountain College is taking over a nursing scholarship for its students. Reporter Mike Lipsitz offers more details… This year, the Martie Avels Registered Nursing Scholarships will fund the RN education of multiple students at Copper Mountain College. Martie Avels is a former emergency room nurse and Interim CEO at

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FREE FEDERAL FOOD DISTRIBUTION

The third Monday of the month is the day for most of the monthly distributions of surplus federal food in the Morongo Basin. Edica Gonzalez has the times and places…

The Community Action Partnership of San Bernardino will distribute surplus food to low-income residents of the Morongo Basin Monday. The

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HOMESTEAD VALLEY COMMUNITY COUNCIL TO DISCUSS CELL PHONE TOWER BUILT BY SCENIC HIGHWAY

The Homestead Valley Community Council will discuss the construction of a cell phone tower near Highway 247, in a vista area that was photographed for the presentation of the highway to be designated a state scenic highway. These and other items will be on the agenda for Monday’s meeting of

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FREE ENERGY WORKSHOP IN JOSHUA TREE MONDAY

The Community Action Partnership of San Bernardino County will hold a free home energy education workshop Monday, October 17. The workshop about the Home Energy Assistance Program will be held 9:30 to 3:30 at the Methodist Community Church, 6213 East Parkway in Joshua Tree. Call 909-723-1500 for an appointment.

HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS

Coming up in high school sports tomorrow, the Yucca Valley High School tennis and volleyball teams will host Coachella Valley High School at home. Both matches begin at 3:15. The Twentynine Palms High School girls’ tennis and volleyball teams will travel to Desert Hot Springs to play the Golden Eagles.

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UPDATE ON SHOOTING IN TWENTYNINE PALMS EARLY TUESDAY

The Sheriff’s Department has released more information about a shooting in Twentynine Palms early Tuesday morning. According to a press release, deputies were called to the 72600 block of Indian Trail just after midnight Tuesday morning, and found two men, Robert Ash Junior, 29, and Norman Nelson, 54, both of

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BIG CROWD AT HOMELESS OUTREACH EVENT

Veterans affairs officials were surprised at the impressive turnout for last week’s Homeless Veterans Outreach Event in Joshua Tree. Reporter David Haldane was there and files this report…

The crowd was unexpected. Anyone passing VFW Post 7264 in Joshua Tree last Thursday would have noticed something awry. What they might

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HOUSE FIRE IN JOSHUA TREE

Firefighters were called to a small structure fire in Joshua Tree Thursday afternoon. Shortly before 5 p.m. Joshua Tree firefighters were called to a small house fire in the 64700 block of Sun Oro Road. Arriving firefighters found smoke and flames coming from the home when they arrived. A detached

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DEPUTIES CALLED TO REMOVE GRENADES FROM LANDERS HOME

The sheriff’s department was called to a Landers home Thursday morning to take custody of two grenades. According to a Sheriff’s report, the resident found two unexploded grenades in the desert, picked them up, and brought them home. The resident then had second thoughts about the grenades and called deputies

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DOMESTIC VIOLENCE PROGRAM OFFERED THIS SUNDAY

Domestic violence is often referred to as a silent crime, because its victims are hesitant to speak up about the abuse they suffer. An estimated 25 percent of women have been victims of domestic violence, as well as about 15 percent of men, while millions of children witness violence in

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MORE COUNTERFEIT MONEY PASSED AT JOSHUA TREE BUSINESS

More counterfeit money was passed at a Joshua Tree business. On Thursday, employees at a business in the 61600 block of 29 Palms Highway reported that sometime during the week someone used a phony $10 bill. The Sheriff’s Department will give the funny money to the Treasury Department to investigate.

PAUL MCCARTNEY PLAYED PAPPY AND HARRIET’S LAST NIGHT

Paul McCartney made a surprise appearance at Pappy and Harriet’s in Pioneertown Thursday night. The local honky-tonk and performance venue posted on Facebook Thursday morning that lines would form at 3 p.m. Thursday for people to buy the $50 tickets, which wouldn’t even go on sale until 6:30 p.m. for

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ENFORCEMENT, MONITORING STEPPED UP IN JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK FOLLOWING THEFTS, VIOLATIONS

Joshua Tree National Park has experienced several cases of vandalism, thefts, and violations of closed areas in the park. Due to two separate incidents in recent weeks, the park is stepping up its monitoring and enforcement of those in violation of no-entry areas in around the Keys Ranch area. Four

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JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK ORDERS 20-FOOT MONUMENT DESTROYED

A man who built a stone and concrete monument dedicated to President Woodrow Wilson inside Joshua Tree National Park boundaries has been fined $9,000 and his monument to a hero of the Albanian people will be torn down. Din Kossova is an Albanian immigrant who lives in Sky Valley, on

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CANDIDATES MEET FOR SCHOOL DISTRICT FORUM

Candidates for the Morongo Unified School District board of trustees answered questions at a candidates’ forum last night at Friendly Hills Elementary School in Joshua Tree. Reporter David Haldane was there and files this report… The Morongo Teachers Association sponsored a forum Thursday for four candidates—including two incumbents—vying for three

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TWO ARRESTS MADE IN SAN BERNARDINO COUNTY FOR CLOWNING

The San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department states that it has received reports of clowns in the county. “Clowning” is when someone dresses up as a frightening clown and walks around schools and other areas trying to scare members of the public. Clowning reports are often spread by social media, many

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